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2017 Ahurani Pinot Noir
35.00

Because I didn’t bottle a separate Momtazi Vineyard 2017, this one Ahurani has all of my best barrels from this vineyard that would normally be in that bottling. This is a serious Pinot of place offered at a substantial value. It includes the wines from my long-beloved Block C at the top (with exposure to both the east-the Cascades volcanic mountains- and the west-the Pacific Ocean), Block B next to it, and the vertiginous Block K (east-facing and perched above a beautiful little lake). 

This Demeter-certified biodynamic Pinot has a brilliant, faceted, transparency with a medium true red colour and cool undertones. It is young as I type this (early December 2018), and the nose is a bit tense at first, but quickly presenting the classic dusty Momtazi Vineyard minerality, wild herbs, exotic spices, and delicious red fruit character. The attack is both precise and smooth and follows with juicy red cherry/berry fruit and a long finish. This wine has easy (as in natural) power but is as silent and weightless as a night-flying owl.

Appellation: McMinnville A.V.A.
Picking Date: 3 October 2017
Barrels:  neutral Burgundy barrels (228L) made from French forests
Bottling Date: 29 June 2018
Alcohol: 12.5 %
Whole Cluster: 50%
Cases Produced: 1130 cases

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2017 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir
75.00

This Maresh bottling is the most expressive of my three Maresh 2017 bottlings. Please note, though, that all of my 2017’s are on the refined and subtle side, much like my 2007’s or 2011’s. It is produced from the fruit of two blocks I’ve been working in personally for over ten years. I’ve come to deeply love these old vines (1970 franc de pied) in a way words can’t express. 

Nine barrels from both the Long Rows (my most self-regulating and queenly block-next to the century old stand of walnut trees) and the Old Block (my most wild and spirited block at Maresh) comprise this bottling. The 2017 is a transparent, light-medium red that is full of light and shimmering facets. The hue will deepen over time. The nose has incredible perfume for its youth. This Maresh is, as always, full of Oregon Hood strawberry character, with hints of spice. This is a serious beauty that time will reward. The mouth has the classic silk of Maresh with plenty of movement and fluidity. It has winged character and verticality in the Bachelardian sense (Gaston Bachelard “Air and Dreams” 1943). The finish is everlasting.

Appellation: Dundee Hills A.V.A.
Picking Date: 1 October 2017
Barrels:  neutral Burgundy barrels (228L) made from French forests
Bottling Date: 28 June 2018
Alcohol: 12.5 % 
Whole Cluster: 50% 
Cases Produced: 196 cases

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2017 Maresh Vineyard Star of Bethlehem Flower Block
75.00

My first Maresh Star was the 2015, and now that it’s been three years, I see a pattern emerging from this beloved acre behind Jim Maresh Sr.’s house that once was where his favourite cherry tree lived. Heartbreakingly, this tree was destroyed in the Columbus Day storm in 1962 and he ended up burning the remains. Jim has told me a couple of times over the many years that the potash from that special tree in the soil there has had a special effect on these vines that were planted later. Over the years, but not every year, there are beautiful flowers that bloom between the vines in this block: Star of Bethlehem flowers. These radiant white, star-shaped flowers belong to the lily family.

Only six barrels comprised this bottling. The 2017 is a transparent, brilliant light red with blue and fuschia lights and tones that catch the eye. This year, the Star is a little deeper than that of the Maresh, but that said, both remind me a bit of my 2007 or 2011 in several ways. The nose is noble and pure, with a moving, diaphanous layer of minerality over the refined strawberry character always present in my Maresh bottlings when young. This wine, my most subtle and refined 2017 Pinot, is a sleek and strong beauty. This one is like a person who sits quietly in one place and to whom others are magnetically attracted and approach on their own, perhaps not even knowing why or that they did in the first place. It is a wine of silence and will likely be spellbinding as it matures.

Appellation: Dundee Hills A.V.A.
Picking Date: 1 October 2017
Barrels:  neutral Burgundy barrels (228L) made from French forests  
Bottling Date: 28 June 2018 
Alcohol: 12.5 %
Whole Cluster: 50% 
Cases Produced: 120 cases

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